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In agreement with my own thoughts, these are his words:
Since the Supreme Court’s ruling was announced, I hesitated to write an immediate rebuff or statement because I was truly conflicted. I did not want to rush to put a knee jerk reaction into print. My soul has been grieved over this Supreme Court decision whose words and statements may be eloquent and fashionable, but instead they only camouflage the subtle yet seismic shift away from principles that built our country.
I am still reeling over the fact that we think it is constitutional to let five justices out of nine overrule the millions of patriotic voters and make moral decisions for our country and annul the laws of half of the states in the Union. What America was firmly convinced of for 200 years about marriage, five justices have, in essence, said that we and our forefathers were obviously misinformed. Then to add to the confusion, this massive shift was not even a unanimous decision of the justices. There were four, and I thank God for these, who were very vocal in their dissent. So it came down to five who overruled state laws and the millions who voted.
Some have asked if this will cause churches who dissent with this ruling to come under persecution. Justice Kennedy said, “The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to advocate and teach the principles that are so fulfilling and central to their lives and faiths.”
That may be a comforting statement for Christians, but I would hasten to add that the First Amendment ensures much more. The First Amendment clearly states that they may “exercise” this freedom, not only advocate and teach it.
I was even more disturbed by the realization that many of our own “Christian” voices and churches have precipitated this seismic shift from such basic values by endorsing a non biblical morality as part of God’s plan. Even in recent weeks, a popular speaker at our Hawaii conferences publicly endorsed this immoral lifestyle as one churches should embrace without hesitation. I wondered about this teacher and “prophetic voice” that was once so compelling and wise. But then I remembered Solomon too was wise early on, then later made decisions that were a direct violation of God’s instructions.
But regardless of the ever-changing man’s laws. we, as New Hope Oahu, will continue to preach a Gospel that leads to repentance and salvation, not one that leads to compromise for the sake of inclusion. We will continue to invite everyone to the cross without bias, but we are not authorized to include everyone in salvation under the hash-tag of “Love Wins.” It might be a catchy phrase, but it is only a half truth, and a deceptive one at that. To renounce the need for repentance and embrace all moralities, biblical and unbiblical, is not ours to do. We are messengers of the Gospel as it is written.
But we will continue to love every person, regardless of their condition, to the King without judgment or bias. Our goal however, will always remain: “Lead everyone to repentance in Christ in order to be cleansed and made whole.” We will not endorse religious speakers, celebrities, or “prophetic voices” that espouse anything except the Gospel. Galatians 1:7-8 spells it out very convincingly:
“…There are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!”
We cannot devolve into a church that preaches a Gospel that doesn’t save. Anything less would be “infidelity to the gospel.”
Although we invite every person, equally to the cross of salvation, we will not, and cannot “change the consequences of sin.” We will not emphasize or overbalance the consequences. Rather, in grace, we will emphasize faith in Christ and the joys He promises for those who repent and believe, but it will be balanced with the warnings that Scripture compels us to give.
In the end, love doesn’t win. Jesus wins. Love without Jesus is a fabrication, and it will never hold up under the tests of time.
We will stay the course. Jesus is still on the throne.
Excerpts from today’s Life Journal in 2 Timothy 3
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power.
…But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of … which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
— Wayne Cordeiro